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History Identification please?!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 64T-bolt, May 17, 2015.

  1. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    Pretty sure Cord had aluminum heads. And transmission on the wrong end, of course. Just in case you find one of those...
  2. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,400


    [​IMG]Here is the OAKLAND V8 at INDY. Bob
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  3. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,920


    This is a 251-cid 1930 Oakland V8. It has two block castings 90 degrees apart and cast integrally with the crankcase. The horizontal valves are operated directly by rocker arms working from a centrally located, chain-driven camshaft.
    This 1932 Pontiac V-8 is the Oakland engine with the synchronizer moved to the left side instead of the right. It also has a higher 5.2:1 compression ratio and more horsepower. You may see different details in the Pontiac version.
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  4. I don't think NAPA has those head gaskets in stock...:rolleyes:
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  5. 64T-bolt
    Joined: Aug 6, 2007
    Posts: 170

    from Kansas

  6. Close but not completely correct. GM purchased Oakland in 1909 and it was a division of GM along with Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac. GM launched several lower priced 'companion brands' in the 1920's to fill pricing gaps in its lineup: Oldsmbile launched the Viking, Buick the Marquette, and Cadillac the LaSalle. Eventually these three lower priced brands were discontinued. Oakland launched the Pontiac in 1926 as its lower price companion and the Pontiac outsold the Oakland every year so overwhelmingly that GM discontinued Oakland after 1931 and changed that division's name from Oakland to Pontiac Motors. It's the only offspring brand to ever outlive its parent. Pontiacs were six cylinders from 1926-1931. Oakland launched the flathead V8 shown above in 1930 and carried over into 1931. When the Oakland was discontinued, they still had several of the Oakland V8's left over and offered them in the 1932 Pontiacs until they ran out-none were manufactured in 1932. Then Pontiac released the flathead Inline 8 in 1933.

    These Oakland V8s produced something like a whopping 85 hp; but, that was alot for 1930. They also had a strange 180 degree crank that produced a terrible vibration, so Oakland engineers design a unique motor mount system for this motor in which it is mounted on thin leaf springs to the frame, which absorbed some of the vibration. The new inline 8 for 1933 took care of the vibration thus it would be many years before Pontiac would begin exploring another V8 design.
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  7. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,731

    from wyoming

    Great information on the history of GM.

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